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The Fighting Game Competitive Character Mindset – What Character(s) Should You Pick?

In the last week or so on FGC Twitter, particularly in the Street Fighter sub-community, there’s been a lot of talk about what kind of character you should pick if you’re a competitive player, especially if you’re at the highest level. Should you only pick top tier?Should you stick with what you’re comfortable with? Should you have counter picks ready? Etc. There’s been a lot of varying opinions, even among those who have the same basic ideas, but I don’t think it’s something that can be simply broken down into 140 characters per post, even on a thread of multiple tweets.

Keep in mind, I myself am NOT a competitive player. I’ve wanted to be, but just don’t have the time or motivation right now to even attempt to legitimately be one. But also keep in mind that I’m not going to be giving a definitive answer on it either. I’m going to try and look at as many aspects of this topic as possible. But, as always, take my opinions, on this especially, with a grain of salt.

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Posted in Blog Posts, comics, DC Comics, Green Lantern, Weird

Comics Are Wacky #2: Gremlins Speak German, According to DC

For this second entry, I’ll go with something that’s a bit less known, but still pretty weird. This is also something I like to bring up ever since I read it. According to DC Comics, (space) Gremlins speak German.

This is the first instance we see Gremlins speaking “German.”

This is from Geoff Johns’s pre-New 52 run on Green Lantern, the one the brought back Hal Jordan as the main Lantern in 2006 after Rebirth. Specifically this is from issues #4-6 of vol.1 of Green Lantern. This is considered one of the overall best runs of Green Lantern, but that doesn’t mean it’s exempt from wacky stuff like this.

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Posted in Blog Posts, comics, Marvel Comics, Spider-Man, Weird

Comics Are Wacky #1: Spider-Man Gives Birth To Himself

I love comics and superheroes. As convoluted as they can be with their lore and consistency, they’re great. But, as can be expected when dealing with aliens, radiation, and normal humans dressed in eccentric costumes who can supposedly beat gods, there’s some…weird stuff to say in the least. Some of it good, some of it bad, some it having no real affect on anything in particular but is just weird anyways.

I’ll randomly being sharing some of these wacky moments either from memory or recent experience. Today, I start with a rather infamous one and one I constantly bring up whenever the idea of “weirdness” in comics is brought up: Spider-Man once gave birth to himself.

Totally normal.

Yeah, I don’t get it either. This occurred in the Changes storyline, which comes from Spectacular Spider-Man (vol. 2) #17-20 in 2004, with the “climax” of this coming in issue #20.

To briefly explain it, there was an enemy called the Queen that had captured Peter Parker aka Spider-Man. She kisses him which basically starts to make Peter sick and transform him. This ends up turning him into a full-on giant spider. The transformation also somehow makes him pregnant(?). The Queen sees him like this and he eventually goes into a seizure (remember, as a giant spider) and dies. The Queen leaves.

I guess we just call him “Spider” at this point?

She left at just the wrong time to see the “miracle” that came next. Turns out, giant spider Peter was pregnant with another human version of himself, basically the same as he was before, so he still had all his Spider-Man powers and memories and everything, with just a couple add-ons. Now, he has organic webshooters and can talk to bugs now for some reason, which, by the way, hasn’t ever been brought up since then. So basically, Spider-Man turns into an actual spider, dies, and gives birth to himself.

Did that make everything clear? Probably not, but that wasn’t my intention. I’m just the messenger. The whole reason for doing this was basically to give Spider-Man organic webshooters in the comics, just like the Sam Raimi Spider-Man (2002) movie did. Because for whatever reason they both have to be the same and they can’t just exist on their own. Their reason for doing it like this and also randomly throwing in the ability to talk to bugs is beyond me.

So there’s some of the wackiness of comic books for you. I’ll probably think of plenty more to come.

Posted in Articles, Blog Posts, Fighting Games, Rants

Hype Culture – The FGC New Game Hype Cycle

Today, a new Dragon Ball fighting game was announced/leaked. There have been multiple Dragon Ball fighting games, but none of them, to my knowledge, are quite deep and complex enough to be a truly competitive fighting game like that of Street Fighter, Tekken, etc. This one is different though. This one is going to be published by Bandai-Namco (those behind Tekken) and made by Arc System Works (those behind Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, other anime fighters). Apparently, it’s going to be a 3v3 game, not too dissimilar to the Marvel vs. Capcom series by the sounds of it. With all these things in play, it has the potential to be an amazing fighting game. Needless to say, all sorts of people in the FGC are hyped about it. One, its a Dragon Ball game and most of the FGC seems to adore that series. And two, it could be a legitimate fighting game because of the reasons described.

Me? I’m very skeptical. Not really of the game itself; I’m fairly indifferent because I’ve never watched/read anything Dragon Ball related but am kind of interested to see how it plays; but of the hype the FGC has. Now, I’ve, unfortunately, become very skeptical and doubtful of many things as life has gone on, but it’s never without some reason behind it. The reason I’m so skeptical of the FGC’s hype behind it, with so many saying they’ll make it a main game of theirs, is because I’ve seen this all before. I’m not some FGC veteran, I’ve only been around since about 2013, 2014, but it’s all vivid in my mind because this happens every time with a new big fighting game.

If you want the TL;DR version, this is how the FGC New Game Hype Cycle basically goes:

  • Initial Announcement Hype: New major game is announced or leaked. Either a new entry in a major, established series or some new(er) IP that shows promise.
    • FGC Reaction: “Looks so good!” “I’m totally gonna main X, Y, and Z!” “I can finally drop this game I claim to hate but it’s the only one I play!”
  • Release Hype: Game is released. Everyone is playing it and trying it out.
    • FGC Reaction: “Yo! Gimme that tech for Char X!” “Trying out this game on my stream, come watch!”
  • Negativity and Doubts Emerge: Within about a month or so of the game’s release and people have vaguely figured out/learned how the game is played
    • FGC Reaction: “Game is trash!” “Too focused on this aspect of FGs!” “So imbalanced…” *other various excuses* *silently drops game*
  • Back To The Status Quo: By the time EVO rolls around, some people are left, but really just the typical community of that game remains. Most if not all non-regulars will have dropped it after a year.
    • FGC Reaction: *goes back to whatever games they typically prefer*

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